Réserve Naturelle et Ornithologique de Ploegsteert

Hainaut occidental  >  Belgium

Old clay quarry converted into a mosaic of different habitats, being mainly marhsy wetlands.

Added* by Martin WINDELS
Most recent update 10 July 2023


Ploegsteert is an old clay extraction area which has been converted to a mosaic of different marshy habitats and therefore a great location for many species of birds. Especially the extensive reedbeds in the area are great for species like Water Rail, herons, ducks and typical reed species, such as Reed Bunting and Bearded Tit. The area is a must see for Great Bittern and Black-necked Grebe.


Des bassins d'extractions, convertis en zones humides marécageuses, présentent une mosaïque de milieux. La proximité des roselières est un des atouts de ce site, propices aux rallidés, ardéidés, anatidés et passereaux paludicoles. Le site est un must pour l'observation du Black-necked Grebe et du Great Bittern .... entre autres.



L'accès au site est possible via le parking de la réserve naturelle. Le site est accessible à pied.


L'accès au site est possible via le parking de la réserve. Le site est accessible à pied.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Mud flats , Scattered trees and bushes , Grassland , Reedbeds



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Autumn , Autumn migration


Narrow trail , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Deux tours d'observation, un mur d'observation et de nombreux points d'observation sur le parcours le long de la zone.


Deux observatoires, une palissade et de nombreux points d'observations jonchent le parcours.


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